Category: Design

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo stationery rubber bands office

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo stationery rubber bands office

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo stationery rubber bands office

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo stationery rubber bands office

Earlier this year Tokyo and Milan-based design firm Nendo (previously) accepted the challenge of redesigning the rubber band, one of the most common desktop items that seems so ubiquitous that it’s disposable. After all, the cost of a few hundred more is just a few bucks. But what if a rubber band was interesting, functional, and you didn’t want to throw it away. This was the idea behind Nendo’s cubic rubber band, a completely different form factor resulting in a desktop object that isn’t meant to be stashed away in a drawer or tossed in the trash. A set of three retails for 1080 yen (about $10), though you’ll need to be able to navigate a Japanese retailer, Marks, to snap up a set. (via Spoon & Tamago)

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DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft paper masks Halloween geometric

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft paper masks Halloween geometric

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft paper masks Halloween geometric

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft paper masks Halloween geometric
Photo by Fearless Photography

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft paper masks Halloween geometric
Photo by Fearless Photography

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft paper masks Halloween geometric

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft paper masks Halloween geometric
Photo by Fearless Photography

Need to do Halloween on a budget this year? Designer Steve Wintercroft has a series of inexpensive geometric mask templates that you can download, print, and color. From animals and skulls to stormtroopers and faces, he has a little bit of everything over on his Etsy page. (via NotCot, This Isn’t Happiness), All Things Paper

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DIY Kinetic Origami Sculpture Designed by Jo Nakashima

DIY Kinetic Origami Sculpture Designed by Jo Nakashima paper origami kinetic sculpture

Partially inspired by Erik Åberg’s interlocking kinetic cube system Ghostcubes, Brasil-based origami artist Jo Nakashima created a method for building a similar object using a system of 40 paper cubes. For those of you ambitious enough to give it a try he shared a set of instructions on Instructables. Just 45 steps!

If you’re not familiar with Nakashima, he runs the most popular instructional origami channel on YouTube, with some of his videos racking up over 13 million views. (via Instructables)

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Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

A few Latvian activists from a branch of the bicycle advocacy group Let’s Bike it recently created a visual reminder of the space taken by cars on a typical road. To accomplish this, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The activists then cycled around the streets of Riga for several hours to highlight the absurdity of using a large car to move a single person. The stunt was organized as part of European Mobility Week, an ongoing campaign that explores sustainable urban mobility around Europe. (via Designboom, My Modern Met)

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Movable Footbridge in Paddington, London Opens and Closes Like a Fan

Movable Footbridge in Paddington, London Opens and Closes Like a Fan bridges

Movable Footbridge in Paddington, London Opens and Closes Like a Fan bridges

Photographs by Edmund Sumner & Peter Cook, Courtesy Knight Architects

Movable Footbridge in Paddington, London Opens and Closes Like a Fan bridges

Movable Footbridge in Paddington, London Opens and Closes Like a Fan bridges

Movable Footbridge in Paddington, London Opens and Closes Like a Fan bridges

London bridge is not falling down. It’s folding up. Taking their cue from the way a Japanese hand fan folds open, Knight Architects have completed a bridge in London that is both simple and spectacular. In collaboration with structural engineers AKT II, the bridge experts installed 5 steel beams that open and close in sequence, rising to different angles using hydraulic jacks and assisted by counterweights. “Beautiful, efficient bridge design should satisfy both artistic and scientific analysis to be visually legible and structurally truthful,” say the architects. The moving footbridge bridge is located in Paddington, London and spans the 20-meter width of the Grand Union Canal. (via Dezeen)

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Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga yoga toys humor armed forces

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga yoga toys humor armed forces

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga yoga toys humor armed forces

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga yoga toys humor armed forces

We’ve seen plenty of modern takes on classic green army guys as of late, from skateboarders and surfers over at Toy Boarders, to an array of plastic breakdancing people. Yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson now joins the fray with Yoga Joes, a collection of green army figures doing popular yoga poses like the warrior, cobra, and downward-facing dog. The project is currently funding on Kickstarter and sets should ship in time for Christmas. Hurry, there’s only 4 days left. (via FastCo, My Modern Met)

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Deconstructed Bird and Insect Wing Patterns by Eleanor Lutz

Deconstructed Bird and Insect Wing Patterns by Eleanor Lutz posters and prints infographics flight birds

Deconstructed Bird and Insect Wing Patterns by Eleanor Lutz posters and prints infographics flight birds

Artist and designer Eleanor Lutz has a special knack for science illustration. On her blog, Tabletop Whale, she recently shared this great series of admittedly non-scientific charts that deconstruct the wing patterns of birds and insects. After spreading across the web like wildfire the last few days she quickly turned it into a print available through Artsider. (via Kottke)

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